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What are some causes of fibrocystic breasts?

What are some causes of fibrocystic breasts?

Physiologic changes: Usual physiologic changes that include hormonal fluctuations, increase or decrease of different components of breast (pregnancy, lactation, aging), or thick secretions can all cause fibrocystic changes. These are not associated with increase risk of cancer. Regular breast exams and mammograms are still recommended. ...Read more

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Dr. Regina Hampton
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Fibrocystic Breasts (Definition)

Fibrocystic breast disease is a condition where the breasts develop non-cancerous lumps made of fibrous tissue. These can cause discomfort and pain that fluctuates ...Read more


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Does smoking cause breast fibrocystic breast disease?

Does smoking cause breast fibrocystic breast disease?

Maybe: Studies have been contradictory regarding the relationship between smoking and fibrocystic changes. Periductal mastitis and subareolar abscesses are associated with cigarette smoking. ...Read more

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What are the causes of fibrocystic breast changes?

What are the causes of fibrocystic breast changes?

Unknown: Some women have more sensitive breast than others and this may be due to hormones or breast composition. ...Read more

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What causes fibrocystic breast disease?

Can be hereditary: Painful breast swelling and lumpiness in the breasts, worse around the menstrual cycle, is a common feeling from fibrocystic breasts. Dense mammogram findings and cysts can be seen on breast ultrasound. Hereditary factors may cause some women to have more fibrocystic problems than others. Some sites say that this condition affects more than half of women. It resolves with menopause. ...Read more

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What causes fibrocystic breast lumps to appear? And why do they hurt?

What causes fibrocystic breast lumps to appear? And why do they hurt?

Fibrocystic change: It is thought to result from an imbalance between estrogen and progesterone. It can form a palpable fibrocystic lump in breast, and more painful before menses and improved during the menstruation. ...Read more

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Did caffeine cause fibrocystic breast tissue to worsen?

Did caffeine cause fibrocystic breast tissue to worsen?

Yes, in some: For many women, caffeine intake (coffee, chocolate, soda/pop, tea) can make fibrocystic changes more active (pain and lumpiness). Natural hormonal changes or hormone intake can cause this as well. Stress is a big offender because it causes us to release more of our natural hormones. Try decreasing caffeine intake and reducing stress. If no relief, contact your doctor. ...Read more

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I have heard that caffeine can cause breast cysts (fibrocystic breast tissue), is that true?

I have heard that caffeine can cause breast cysts (fibrocystic breast tissue), is that true?

Aggravate not cause: For many women, caffeine intake (coffee, chocolate, soda/pop, tea) can make fibrocystic changes more active (pain and lumpiness). Natural hormonal changes or hormone intake can cause this as well. Stress is a big offender because it causes us to release more of our natural hormones. Try decreasing caffeine intake and reducing stress. If no relief, contact your doctor. ...Read more

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Do fibrocystic breasts cause new lumps to form?

Do fibrocystic breasts cause new lumps to form?

Yes: The breasts go through changes related to hormone levels, stress and caffeine. The lumps will come and go. It is important to become familiar with your lumpiness and be able to distinguish your normal lump from something that feels abnormal. Anything abnormal should be discussed with your doctor. ...Read more